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Don’t be sur­prised to see the likes of Julie An­drews roam­ing the streets of Dublin in the com­ing days

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - DON­ALD CLARKE

This year’s Jame­son Dublin In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, which be­gan yes­ter­day, will be buzzing about the city for an­other 10 hec­tic days.

As ever, celebri­ties are milling about with loyal pun­ters. To­mor­row, Ken­neth Branagh, the Belfast-born multi- tasker, is to present his ver­sion of Cin­derella at the Savoy on O’Con­nell Street. On Sun­day at lunchtime, Ryan O’Neal will be among those at­tend­ing a 40th-an­niver­ary screen­ing of Stan­ley Kubrick’s lushly beau­ti­ful Barry Lyn­don.

Next week­end, Julie An­drews is at the fes­ti­val for a public in­ter­view and a closing screen­ing of The Sound of Mu­sic. On Thurs­day, fol­low­ing an un­veil­ing of her new TV se­ries Sen­si­tive Skin in Movies@Dun­drum, Kim Cattrall will be in con­ver­sa­tion with this news­pa­per’s Tara Brady.

Many of th­ese high-pro­file events will sell out, but be aware that there is a wealth of other pre­mieres wor­thy of the con­nois­seur’s at­ten­tion. Do not miss My­roslav Sla­bosh­pyt­skiy’s re­mark­able The Tribe on Tues­day evening. The Ukrainian film, de­liv­ered in sign lan­guage with­out sub­ti­tles, tells a grimly thrilling story set in a school for the deaf.

Ana Lily Amir­pour’s A Girl Walk’s Home Alone at Night, play­ing on Wed­nes­day, is surely the most im­pres­sive Ira­nian vam­pire film you’ll see this year. Elec­tric Boogaloo: The Wild, Un­told Story Of Can­non Film, screen­ing this Sun­day, presents a jour­ney into the world of Me­na­hem Golan and Yo­ram Globus’s no­to­ri­ous schlock cinema of the 1980s.

There is fur­ther mad­ness in Den­nis Rod­man’s Big Bang In Py­ongyang, which ex­am­ines that bas­ket­ball player’s am­a­teur diplo­macy in North Korea. It will be a busy, busy week.

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